Hinduism is standing tall today on three tall pillars. In common
parlance, these three pillars are known as the Tridev or the Three Gods
– Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Lord Vishnu is known as the caretaker of
the Universe and all its elements. Another name for Lord Vishnu is
Narayan. To appease Him, we do this ‘easy to follow’ Satyanarayan Puja.
It is a ritual for some and a ceremony for others. It is quite popular
in different regions of India and is done with a lot of faith and joy.
Importance and Significance of Satyanarayan Puja
Satyanarayan is considered to be a calmer and more benevolent avatar
of Lord Vishnu. Many families pray to Satyanarayan so that He helps them
tide over adverse situations. The name can be understood as ‘Satya’ i.e.
Truth and ‘Narayan’ i.e. Vishnu. He represents truth and justice and
personifies the same. Hence, a person doing the Puja is said to be one
who unconditionally believes in Truth, whether it is in words or in
actions. Truth is a guiding light leading people to wisdom and true
happiness. Most people believe that doing this Puja with utmost faith
can even lead to Nirvana i.e. Salvation (liberation from the cycle of
Birth and Death).
Benefits of Satyanarayan Puja
More often than not, Satyanarayan Puja is performed either when we
are looking to fulfill a desire or when the desire is fulfilled with the
Lord’s blessings,; It is at this point that the Puja is performed to
offer our gratitude.
Whether is it buying a home, successfully completing educational
milestones, buying an automobile, starting a new venture or going in for
a medical procedure; Satyanarayan Puja is said to bring good luck and
Even if one does not have a special reason, doing the Satyanarayan
Puja on a regular basis helps maintain peace, harmony, prosperity and
joy in our daily lives.
Another benefit from this Puja is that while performing it, family
and friends get together and sing praises of the Lord.
Occasions to Do a Satyanarayan Puja
Generally the Satyanarayan Puja Vidhi is performed when you
wish to achieve something in life. It should also be done once that
dream or goal is achieved.
Whether you have a particular goal in life or not, you can still do
the Puja for general well-being and prosperity. Basically, it should be
done to ward of any sort of evil or ill-effects of bad karma.
Satyanarayan Puja Vidhi
It is considered best when the people performing the Puja keep a
fast, which is known as the Satyanarayan Vrat.
Many communities decorate a small wooden table before placing on it
a photograph of Lord Satyanarayan.
The table is set in such a direction that the devotees are facing
the east while performing the Puja.
That table is then given a canopy of Banana leaves.
A copper lota is used to make the Kalash. One has to fill the lota
with water, cover it using five leaves and place a coconut over it.
The lota has to be decorated by drawing a Swastika on it using red
The aarti thali has to be prepared by keeping a ghee diya, some
incense sticks, flower petals, grains of rice and camphor with
Sheera/Halwa made from Sooji or Choorma made from wheat flour have
to be offered as Prasad to Lord Satyanarayan as Bhog.
This has to be mandatorily accompanied by fruits and Panchamrut, a
liquid made by adding five elements – Milk, honey, curd, ghee and Tulsi
All attendees then sit facing the Puja mandap.
The first prayer is offered to the Pratham Pujya, Lord Ganesh. Many
people also do the Navagraha Puja before starting the main Vidhi.
Either the Pandit or the senior family members read the various
passages from the Katha. After the recitation of the Katha all family
members sing the aarti together.
The Prasad, fruits and Panchamrut are then distributed among
Satyanarayan Puja Mantra
The main Satyanarayan katha has five sections. Each one of them
should begin and end with the following Mantra: